If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you may need to make some changes in your lifestyle. But you can still do many of the things you enjoy. You just have to take steps to manage your condition.
There are many ways to ease the pain of arthritis. Medications, physical therapy, different types of injections or even joint replacement may all be helpful. To find out what works for you, take an active role in your care. Talk to your doctor about your options, and follow your doctor's advice. Take medications as directed. Speak up if your care plan isn't working.
It's important to maintain a healthy weight and to get regular exercise. So eat a healthy diet and keep an eye on your weight. Ask your doctor what exercises are safe for you. Exercising shouldn't be painful, so stop any activity that hurts you. After exercise, you can use a heating pad or a warm bath to soothe stiff joints and tired muscles. An ice pack can help reduce inflammation. And if you overdo it, make sure you allow enough time to rest and recover.
If you take an active role in your care and follow your doctor's advice, you can learn to manage your arthritis successfully.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.